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John Gordon Aston
  • Born 20 November 1882, Dublin
  • Died 9 January 1951, 4 St Lawrence Road Clontarf.
  • Educated Wesley College, Dublin
  • Occupation Insurance Clerk
  • Debut 11 September 1909 v All New York at Staten Island
  • Cap Number 270
  • Style Right-hand bat, right-arm medium pace
  • Team Clontarf

John Aston was an established member of the Clontarf XI, by the early years of the 20th Century, but he was never seen as one likely to break through into the national side. A tail end batsman, whom even his best friends would not have described as being any more than "useful", he was a good medium pace bowler, who used his height to extract lift and bounce off the wicket. He owed his selection for the 1909 tour of that USA and Canada to the fact that a number of first choice players were unable to go. In company with several other members of this team, he was a disappointment.

He performed credibly in the non-cap matches, but was outclassed in the major games. He took 1-3 against New York but was a virtual non-bowler in the two matches with the still powerful Philadelphia side. His batting return was 21 runs from 6 innings! He did not appear for Ireland again before the War.

He resumed playing for Clontarf in 1920, and by the time of his retirement in 1928, aged 46, had taken 155 League wickets at 11.58 from 77 matches. He also scored 1125 runs at 15, including three 50s. He captained Clontarf in 1921 and 1922.

Despite showing good form, it was somewhat surprising that he was recalled to Irish colours in 1925, aged 43, though he was by no means the oldest cricketer to be used at this time. However he played three matches that season and met with moderate success. Against Scotland in College Park, he hit a second innings 53*, adding an unbroken 96 for the 7th wicket with JB Ganly to set up a 179 run victory. In his final match, against Wales in the Victorian splendour of Llandudno, he returned easily his best bowling figures of 31-1-58-5. This was not a bad way for a 43 year-old to sign off from international cricket. His final major connection with the game was to have the well-deserved honour of President of the Clontarf Club in 1933 and 1934.

Edward Liddle, April 2007

International Matches
View Match All New York lost to Ireland by 5 wickets (2 Day, Staten Island, 11 September 1909)
View Match Philadelphia beat Ireland by an innings and 168 runs (3 Day, Haverford, 17 September 1909)
View Match Philadelphia beat Ireland by an innings and 66 runs (3 Day, Manheim, 24 September 1909)
View Match Ireland beat Scotland by 179 runs (3 Day, College Park, 11 July 1925)
View Match MCC lost to Ireland by an innings and 10 runs (2 Day, Lord's, 10 August 1925)
View Match Wales beat Ireland by an innings and 36 runs (3 Day, Llandudno, 15 August 1925)
Articles
The Aston Brothers
Herbert Reid Aston will always be remembered in Castle Avenue as the first batsman to make a league century for Clontarf.